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Foods to Avoid With Braces


Although sturdy, stable and advanced, braces are orthodontic appliances that you need to treat with care. That means eating foods that are gentle on the brackets and wires that hold your braces together and in place. Generally, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are most recommended for those who wear braces because they are simply easier on your mouth hardware.

Read our list of foods to avoid as well as recommended foods for braces wearers below.

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts 
  • Hard taco shells
  • Sticky and hard candy 
  • Gum 
  • Ice
  • Corn chips 
  • Pretzels 
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky or hard chocolate

Also avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. Cut or break up hard foods such as:

  • Raw vegetables 
  • Croutons 
  • French/Italian bread
  • Fruit 
  • Hard rolls 
  • Thin crust pizza
  • Meat 
  • Burgers 
  • Sub sandwiches
  • Corn on the cob

Recommended Foods When Wearing Braces

  • Hulless popcorn 
  • Bananas 
  • Yogurt 
  • Light crackers or cookies
  • Cheese 
  • Mashed potatoes 
  • Melons 
  • Grapes 
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Ravioli, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and other noodle dishes

Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet is important for everyone’s teeth and overall health. The healthier you are, the better the results of your orthodontic treatment because a proper diet provides all the essential nutrients to bones and tissues undergoing change.


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